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OpenType fonts (.otf) often have special features, such as swashes and alternate characters, that are accessible in any app that uses the OS X font panel, including Pages and TextEdit. To access them, type and select your text, press Command-T to open the font panel, and then choose Typography from the Actions pop-up menu. That shows the Typography panel, where you can toggle available options for the font and characters you've selected.

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ExtraBITS for 1 November 2010

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Two quick links for you this week: one to news of Amazon’s plans to add lending of Kindle titles and another to Jeff Carlson’s iMovie review at Macworld.

Amazon to Debut Kindle Lending and Periodicals in Apps -- Amazon.com has announced that Kindle newspapers and magazines will be available within Kindle apps in the coming weeks, and more interestingly, that lending of Kindle titles will appear later this year, following in Barnes & Noble’s footsteps with the Nook. Each book can be lent once to another Kindle device for 14 days, and you cannot read the book while it’s lent out. Publishers will determine which books are lendable. Will Apple do something similar with the iBookstore? Seems unlikely at the moment.

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Jeff Carlson Reviews iMovie ’11 for Macworld -- iMovie ’11 is a substantial update to the video editor included in iLife ’11, but is it worth the upgrade? Jeff Carlson digs into the details of the new version, uncovering features not mentioned during Apple’s “Back to the Mac” event or on the Web site, explains why it’s worthy of 4.5 mice, and points out ongoing shortcomings.

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